Every member of the collective brings a unique style and flavor as a result of their various backgrounds and personal experiences and preferences. This naturally adds to the crews versatility and ensures that a Beste Modus night takes partygoers on a kaleidoscopic trip through the deeper side of house music.
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Cinthie is a Berlin based DJ and producer, and the creative mind behind the Beste Modus and Unison Wax record labels. A well-known figure in the German capital’s house scene, Cinthie’s career began as a teenager spinning records at clubs in the 1990s, before going on to sign with Low Spirit Recordings at the turn of the century and finding herself in demand at parties everywhere from Moscow to Mexico. These days Cinthie is a resident at [IPSE] and Humboldthain Club, where her vinyl-only DJ sets and intuitive ability to weave deep-yet-bassy mixes have seen her become a figurehead amongst the next generation of German house music virtuosos.
Along with Diego Krause, Ed Herbst and stevn.aint.leavn, Cinthie represents the Beste Modus / Beste Freunde collective. Linked by a shared penchant for good house music and a love of Berlin’s unending parties, the crew have already pressed four eagerly-sought-after white label 12″s together and been snapped up by Watergate for a residency at the famous club. Along with Krause, Cinthie also runs Unison Wax, a vinyl-only label dedicated to unpretentious, floor-ready house music. Launched in 2014, the imprint’s inaugural record gained international press attention and went onto become one of the year’s word of mouth successes.
If that wasn’t enough, Cinthie also owns and runs the ‘Stasi Studios’ complex – so called because the building once functioned as a Stasi office. Now home to figures such as Rødhåd, Ben Klock, Roman Lindau, Gebrüder Teichmann and others, the studio has established itself as one of the city’s most singular corners of dance-music creativity and is set to expand its space in 2015 to accommodate an increase in demand. With nearly two-decades of expertise, Cinthie’s talents as a DJ, producer, label owner and studio boss position her as one of the German capital’s most consistent house music figures. What’s more, with Beste Modus, Beste Freunde and Unison Wax all positioned to enjoy their biggest year yet, Cinthie’s status as one of Berlin’s foremost dance-music innovators shows no sign of letting up anytime soon.
Diego Krause is a DJ/producer who was born in Berlin’s eastern districts during the high
times of synthesizer music as created by the likes of Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre.
Growing up in the 90′s, he was a direct witness to the golden era of hiphop and spent
years producing hiphop beats before finally making the switch to house-music.
He is Co-Owner of the Beste Modus imprint and runs his own label Unison Wax as
a self-release outfit.
Diego’s sound is influenced by funk and soul, garage and deephouse and everything
in between that is both underground and raw. He has taken his sounds all over Europe
and beyond – playing at clubs like Watergate and About Blank. His DJ-sets are powered
by driving basslines with a raw 90’s texture and a tech-ish approach while always
retaining a groovy, jacking feeling.
Ed grew into making music guided by a love for the jazz and soul music of the 60’s 70’s and its reincarnation and revival in the hiphop sound of the 90’s as it was crafted by crews like Tribe Called Quest. This phase was instrumental in Ed’s process of understanding music and making it.
After a more experimental period, he finally fell in love with house music, centering around New Jersey house and dub-infused garage but always feeding his dj-sets with a big range of different styles from NY house to deep Italo house and techno. Despite his wide variety of musical influences, Ed always handles the turntables with a very classic approach, delivering a sound that is deep and dubby but very bumpy at the same time.
Stevo took his first steps into music production at the age of 16, influenced at that time by 90’s hiphop, soul and many other genres. The love for unquantized beats – like those of J. Dilla and Madlib – led him into an experimental phase, cranking out copious amounts of broken beat stuff heavily inspired by the likes of Flying Lotus or Steve Spacek on labels like 4lux, Eglo Rec., Sonar Kollektiv, Rooftop Music and Underground Source Rec.
Following his love for dance music and the fattest of fat-ass drums, Stevo currently floats between rough old school house and banging techno-ish productions. In the past months, Stevo has played at Watergate, Prince Charles, Suicide Circus and many more.
Albert came to Beste Modus from a background in experimental left-field hiphop, splicing the rawness of boombap beats with the melodies and harmonics of classic and contemporary soul and R&B. The shift in his vocalism from metric to melodious was inspired by the likes of Peven Everett, Stew Downes and Ben Westbeech. He co-produced one of the tracks on Beste Modus 001 (the label’s debut effort) and is currently working on a first release for Beste Modus scheduled for late 2013.